Stone County jailer pleads to civil rights charge | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Stone County jailer pleads to civil rights charge

Posted By on Thu, Mar 3, 2016 at 12:22 PM

Randel Branscum, 56, former chief deputy and Stone County Jail administrator in Mountain View, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a civil rights violation in instructing two inmates to beat a prisoner.

One of the inmates, Matthew McConniel, also pleaded guilty yesterday to the same charge, a Justice Department release said. The other inmate James Beckham, also had pleaded guilty, the release said.
Branscum admitted that while acting under his authority as jail

Branscum admitted forcing the victim into a cell for a beating by Beckham and McConniel, who received tobacco from Branscum after the beating.

The release said Branscum will be sentenced later, but is expected to receive a 12-month sentence.

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